Chevrolet is giving buyers another incentive to pick up their 2012 Cruze model. The upcoming release will include a 1.4-liter turbo, six-speed automatic transmission, and a 2 mpg improvement in fuel economy. The Chevrolet Cruze Eco is getting as much as 39 highway miles per gallon.
Other versions, like the 1.4-liter turbo/six-speed automatic is not far behind with 38 mpg on the highway. The Cruze uses a lower axle ratio to achieve the improved mileage.
It gets better with the six-speed manual transmission Cruze Eco that will deliver the best fuel economy out of any conventionally fueled vehicle in the U.S, at 42 mpg.
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Other upgraded features for the 2012 Cruze include Bluetooth, USB ports, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, all part of the Connectivity Plus Cruise package. It is currently in 90% of the Cruzes’ on the road in the U.S.
The Cruze’s fuel efficiency is no doubt a huge contributor to its success. May’s numbers made it the best-selling small car in the U.S., and is their most successful vehicle worldwide.
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 42 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
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– By: Alexandra Koken